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Solihull Sporting v DSC United

3pm 1 April 2024

Midland Football League, Division Three
Solihull Sporting 3 DSC United 4 (att 18)

After a long drive home from Aberdeenshire on Easter Sunday I didn't want to travel any further than necessary on Bank Holiday Monday.

This game was elevated from plan B when my first choice match, a few miles away at Coventrians, was off waterlogged. There were no such problems at Solihull Sporting's 3G pitch.

It's at Tudor Grange Academy Kinghurst. As you'd expect the pitch is floodlit and enclosed by the usual high fence. There's a spectator area running most of the length of one side.

On paper this didn't look a great fixture, with both sides in mid-table with little left to play for. It turned out to be something of a thriller, but the excitement was reserved for the second half.

DSC bossed the opening period, racing into a 3-0 lead against a lacklustre Solihull. The home side must have had a talking to at half time as they were transformed after the break.

They quickly pulled a goal back, got a second from the penalty spot not long later, before a direct free kick brought them level. It was 3-3 within about 15 minutes of the second half starting.

The home side had momentum, and DSC had a 10 minute period a man short thanks to a sin binning just before Solihull equalised. But DSC managed to stem the tide, and then got a winner.